One of the most important industries in existence is education. Without education, the future leaders of business and government will never be developed. Every important person in US society got their start in grade school and high school. Education is absolutely essential for a functioning society.
With that in mind, it’s certainly important to put as much effort towards improving the quality of the education of our children as possible. Something that can certainly do that is new technology. As technology advances, new and exciting ways to teach our children and enhance their learning are also introduced. Below are five different tech advancements that are helping to change education for the better.
One technological development that will make a big impact is a rather simple one. This is the electronic book, or eBook for short. EBooks are simply books that exist as computer files. They can include text, images, video, interactive elements and much more. EBooks have definitely made significant progress in the market. Amazon reports that the company sells over 1 million eBooks every day.
EBooks as school textbooks have certain advantages. For one, they are far cheaper to produce and buy since no paper manufacturing process is required. This could conceivably make more text books available to more students in the near future.
One of the challenges that has historically faced the education system in many parts of the world has been the lack of qualified teachers in many remote locations. Previously, the children in these places were forced to go without a quality education. However, this is less the case today thanks to the emergence of remote learning technology.
This teaching philosophy integrates different kinds of technology such as teleconferencing, collaborative learning software, instant messaging and more to help simulate the regular school learning experience for children that live too far away from the teachers they need access to. There are currently over 14 million public education distance learning courses in the United States.
Another way to integrate technology into learning that can help benefit children’s education is through gamification. Gamification is a teaching philosophy in which a student learns through the use of software that mimics the elements of a game.
Children love video games of course, and gamification can help provide that entertainment value in addition or providing a substantive learning experience. 80 percent of those surveyed said they would be more productive if their work was more game like.
“The cloud” can also be leveraged to improve the learning experience of students. Cloud computing is a method of offering software as a service by providing it directly over the internet.
Cloud software can come in many different forms. You can even craft your own using frameworks like Kafka as a service that is distributed by Amazon Web Services. The great thing about cloud powered software is that it does not need to be installed. It just needs to be accessed through the web. This makes the process of providing students with the software they need far easier. Kafka on AWS is also easily deployable and ideal for the educational setting.
Along with the transfer from textbooks to eBooks is going to be the use of tablet computers by students as their primary learning tool. No longer will students have to lug around several books in backpacks. They will only have to carry a single tablet that can display all their learning materials for them. Tablets may also be used to complete homework, tests, pop-quizzes and more without the use of paper or pen.
Technology is always evolving and improving. If you want to do the same with education to produce more educated and proficient students, it only makes sense to integrate new technology into the teaching process. It can help produce better students who are more tech savvy and better prepared for the challenges of the modern workplace.
Author Bio: Jeremy is a tech and business writer from Simi Valley, CA. He’s worked for Adobe, Google, and himself. He lives for success stories, and hopes to be one someday.